November 26, 2021 3 min read
My name is Landon Duncan, I’m from South Carolina and serve in the SCARNG as a 12B. Started off as a fuzzy in a route clearance company, learned a few role here and there. When I deployed to Syria in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, my primary role was the platoon leaders driver. During that time in I clocked hundreds of hours and thousands of miles helping secure and sanitize routes with local partner forces to ensure freedom of movement for local partner forces, military forces and most important - civilian.
Being there and seeing the work we were doing improving the quality of life for the Syrians struck a chord with me. Realizing the weapons used by ISIS were most effective against civilians because of their ineffective methods of emplacement and design, that we were eliminating that threat all together. During that time, we destroyed 60 + IED’s and UXO’s and all together found 300+ IED’s/ UXO’s.
What I love about my job is the uniqueness in every mission. The basics are the same, sure. But the nitty gritty in the fine lines are not. We once cleared down to the city of Hajin, north of Baghouz - where ISIS and the caliphate were determined defeated under the trump administration in March of 2019. The town was deserted, a few people bopping around here and there, but other than that - textbook definition of a ghost town. We had free reign of the city almost. During that mission, we destroyed multiple IED’s and one failed VBIED. We went back a week later and found hundreds and hundreds of civilians had moved back into the town and began rebuilding from the havoc coalition/ISIS/ and the Assad regime had brought to these people.
During that time I was also given the chance to work hand in hand with members of Special Forces, FBI and helped train, develop and advise partner forces on route clearance and Counter IED methods. I saw the gear the teams ran with and had never seen a high cut helmet before. Thus began my search - for years I pondered the purchase over and over. Looking at Ops Cores, Team Wendy’s, Crye any and all well reviewed and put to the test high cut helmets. HHV popped up on my fb one day and I was like huh, who is this. Started watching review videos, reading reviews online in forums and in people comment sections and even scrolled through almost all of the product reviews on the HHV website. Not only is it completely affordable for anyone looking to upgrade their headgear from the ACH - but it’s COMPLETELY affordable. Not everyone has $1600 to get into some of the gear the teams are running. It’s lightweight, it stays on your head, it’s pretty fuckin comfy, especially when you’re wearing it on long as routes and have to sit in the truck for hours on end with a headset on. The only downside is, I might have gotten the wrong color and sometimes wish I had gotten a tan one rather than the ranger green. I’m going to beat this thing up, just as I’ve done with my ACH’s and ECH’s, and then imma get some more. Because bump the heavy head gear at this point. I dig what you’ve got going on HHV - keep it up.